I found a wonderful recipe on the web this week, at http://www.pepperlynn.com for “Overnight Oatmeal”. It is an oatmeal recipe that you can make in advance, I just made some last night, and now I have it in the frig, and I can eat it every morning this week.
The basic recipe is really easy, just plain old-fashioned oats, with milk, yogurt, chia seeds, and fruit. The original recipe used mason jars, but I used plastic containers, and
I forget the chia seeds, but it turned out great anyway.
I also used Almond Milk instead of cow’s milk!
(The best recipes can survive a missing ingredient! I tried this recipe yesterday with mangos and coconut adding the flavoring for 2 servings, and then strawberries and coconut adding the flavor for 2 more servings. AND YES, I DO ADD COCONUT TO ALMOST EVERYTHING!)
Here’s the basic recipe for you to enjoy with me:
- 1/4 cup uncooked old fashioned oats
- 1/3 cup skim milk
- 1/4 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
- 1-1/2 teaspoons dried chia seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon honey, optional (or substitute any preferred sweetener)
- 1/4 cup diced mango (approx. half of a small mango)
In a half pint jar or container, add oats, milk, yogurt, chia seeds, almond extract and honey. Put lid on jar and shake until well combined. Add mangoes and stir with fork until mixed throughout. Return lid to jar and refrigerate overnight or up to 4 days. Eat chilled.
There are endless variations, and you can substitute almost any fruit and any flavors.
Use Google to search on “Overnight Oatmeal”, and you’ll find a whole bunch of variations!